Accelerated renovation of Geffen Hall, with New York Philharmonic to return in fall 2022

Posted on: April 6, 2021

“Dark since March 2020, the New York Philharmonic’s home will reopen in fall 2022, a year and a half ahead of schedule,” writes Zachary Woolfe in Tuesday’s (4/6) New York Times. “The coronavirus pandemic has dealt a devastating blow to performing arts institutions nationwide…. But for the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center, it has also offered a silver lining: the opportunity to accelerate the long-delayed renovation of David Geffen Hall…. Construction began in earnest over the past few months…. The orchestra will … spend much of its coming season at Lincoln Center, with the majority of its performances at Alice Tully Hall or the Rose Theater, alongside forays to Carnegie Hall and other spaces…. The Geffen Hall renovation is expected to cost $550 million, of which $500 million has been raised, Henry Timms, the president of Lincoln Center, said…. The old plan had called for progression in stages to limit disruption to the Philharmonic…. Deborah Borda, the Philharmonic’s chief executive, was hired in 2017 in large part to put the renovation back on track; in her previous job leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic, she had brought the construction of Walt Disney Concert Hall over the finish line.”